Kingwood Medical Center October 16, 2017

Surgical team in Ecuador

Kingwood, Texas, Oct. 11, 2017 —Kingwood Medical Center recently welcomed back two of its physicians from Ecuador, where they had been treating patients with nerve damage. The charitable clinic also benefitted from Kingwood’s donation of much-needed medical supplies.

Michael Wynn, doctor of podiatric medicine, and Shelley Brand, chief podiatric surgery resident at Kingwood, provided care at the Guayquil, Ecuador mission in conjunction with The Damien Foundation and The Luis Vernanza Hospital, the largest charity hospital in South America.  The one-week mission provides health care for patients from area villages, treating nerve damage from leprosy that has resulted in paralysis of arms and legs.

The medical team at the mission included surgical assistants, hand orthopedists, podiatric physicians, and anesthesiology staff. Wynn and Brand spent the week working 12 hours a day, each patient receiving between five and seven different nerve procedures. According to Dr. Wynn, “many patients who have nerve injuries can be helped by simple decompression or neurectomies performed in an outpatient surgery setting. However, the Ecuadoran villagers do not have regular access to such treatment. They also lack access to medication that can provide  adequate pain relief without long term side effects.”

“Kingwood Medical Center was happy to donate medical supplies for this great cause, and to support the physicians who provided this much-needed care,” said Melinda Stephenson, Kingwood’s chief executive officer. “We are proud to have helped save lives and alleviate suffering in an area with limited resources.”

Wynn is a board certified podiatric surgeon and vice chair of surgery at Kingwood Medical Center. He is a member of The Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons, a group of physicians from multiple specialties who have advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral nerve conditions of the upper and lower extremity.

About Kingwood Medical Center

Kingwood Medical Center is a 373-bed acute care facility that has provided quality care to the Lake Houston Area for over 25 years. It is home to the area’s only comprehensive cardiac care and neuroscience programs. The hospital is recognized by DNV as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and ADA as an Accredited Diabetes Center.

Our Women & Children’s Center provides Level II and III neonatal intensive care units, high-risk obstetrics, a breast diagnostic center, a designated pediatric unit, and the area’s only pediatric emergency department. The hospital also provides surgical services, inpatient rehabilitation, laboratory, diagnostic imaging and emergency services – including a 24 Hour Emergency Care Center in Fall Creek. The GI Center complete the services offered at Kingwood Medical Center: Quality Care, Close to Home. For more information, visit our website at

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